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Enhance Your 3D Project with Google Maps 3D Models

Friday, 02 June 2023

Imagine having your town to be seen in your game. As fascinating as it sounds, it is now becoming the reality of most games, movies, and even short movies. Saving pictures from a website is easily achievable for anyone. In today's digital landscape, believing that users can be prevented from saving pictures is unrealistic.

Yet, few realize this principle extends to 3D objectsIf you have a 3D project coming up, you might want to get help from Google Maps for stunning visuals. You can have great final results with Rebusfarm cloud rendering services and get a free trial to render your first project with us and improved lighting and texture of your projects. In this article, we will explore Google Maps 3D Model’s benefits and some tips for using maps in a better way. Let’s dive in!

Render of Isle of Dogs London 3D Model. Captured using Photogrammetry in 2017 from 2016 aerial imagery.
Render of Isle of Dogs London 3D Model.(Source:

AccuCities: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:3D_Model_Isle_of_Dogs_London_2017.jpg

Google Maps 3D models offer a range of benefits and access to exciting new features. With these models, users can enjoy more realistic map visualizations, capturing stunning views of natural features and famous landmarks. The availability of these new features opens up a world of storytelling possibilities, empowering industries like tourism, mobility, media, and science

The introduction of Photorealistic 3D Tiles enables even more lifelike representations of the world on the map, while a seamless 3D mesh model of the real world, adorned with high-resolution RGB optical imagery, brings a new level of detail. Moreover, the WebGL API introduces the tilt and rotation feature, allowing maps to be viewed from any angle.

Download Google Maps 3D models for offline use

This API, which utilizes the same 3D map source as Google Earth, also enables 3D route guidance within Google Maps. Regrettably, downloading Google Maps 3D models for offline usage is not currently feasible. However, it is worth considering alternative approaches. One possibility involves employing 3D modeling software such as Blender and RebusFarm to convert Google Maps images into 3D models. Another option is to utilize Google Earth, which permits users to download maps for offline access. 

Currently, this functionality is limited to 2D maps and does not encompass 3D models. Additionally, instructional videos on YouTube provide guidance on exporting 3D photogrammetry meshes from Google Maps. But if you are interested we shared a handy tip on how to download the 3D models used in Google Maps & Google Earth so that you can use them in your scenes. It's a tip identical to aerial views, as for close-up shots, you probably need to tweak the models a lot! 

Google Maps API: Collection of 3D models

Google Maps API does not provide a direct collection of 3D models. Yet, developers can leverage the Google Maps API to integrate and personalize Google Maps within their applications seamlessly

The Google Maps JavaScript API allows developers to embed interactive maps, add markers and overlays, and incorporate Street View imagery. While the API offers access to map-related data and functionality, it does not provide a built-in collection of 3D models specifically.

Google Earth Pro: Real-world locations

Google Earth Pro offers a detailed 3D exploration of real-world locations, separate from Google Maps. It allows users to view high-resolution satellite imagery, 3D buildings, and terrain information

Google Earth Pro includes features such as historical imagery, measurement tools, and the ability to create custom tours or presentations. It provides a more comprehensive and in-depth experience for exploring Earth's geography compared to the standard Google Maps interface.

Users can navigate to specific locations, search for landmarks, and visualize the Earth's surface in 3D using Google Earth Pro. This desktop application is currently available for Windows and macOS, providing additional functionality beyond what is offered in the Google Maps web or mobile applications.

Models are created using advanced techniques

In various fields and industries, models are indeed created using advanced techniques to capture and represent real-world objects or environments. These techniques aim to enhance the models' accuracy, detail, and realism, providing valuable insights and information for various applications. Three such techniques that are commonly used are photogrammetry, laser scanning, and satellite imagery

An Aerial photogrammetry 3D city model has clean geometry, high detail and up to 15 cm accuracy. Every point and every line in these 3D city models is manually captured using stereophotogrammetry.
Overview of 3D City Models for Architects: (Source: AccuCities: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photogrammetry_3D_city_model_of_London.jpg

Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry extracts 3D data and measurements from overlapping photographs or images. By analyzing the differences in perspective and appearance of the objects or features captured in the images, photogrammetry algorithms can reconstruct their 3D shape and position accurately. 

This technique is widely used in architecture, archaeology, geography, and virtual reality to create detailed 3D models of real-world objects or landscapes. Check this out for more information about photogrammetry.

Laser scanning

Laser scanning, also known as LiDAR - Light Detection and Ranging, is a technique that uses laser beams to gauge distances and create precise 3D representations of objects or environments. In laser scanning, a laser scanner device emits laser pulses that bounce back when they probably hit a surface

By measuring the time it generally takes for the laser pulses to return, along with other parameters like the angle and intensity of the reflected laser beams, highly accurate 3D models can be generated. Laser scanning is commonly used in applications such as surveying, engineering, urban planning, and environmental monitoring. You can use the RealityScan app , anyone can create 3D models in just a few minutes by following a few simple steps available for IOS and it's free.

Satellite imagery

Satellite imagery involves capturing images of the Earth's surface using satellites orbiting in space. These satellites are equipped with various sensors, including optical sensors and synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which collect data about the Earth's surface from different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. By analyzing the captured imagery, researchers and analysts can generate detailed maps, models, and other geospatial data

Satellite imagery is extensively used in fields like cartography, environmental monitoring, agriculture, disaster management, and urban planning.

Tips for Optimizing the Use of Google Maps 3D Models

Google Maps provides 3D models for various locations around the world, allowing users to explore and navigate virtual environments. To optimize the use of Google Maps 3D models, here are some tips:

Improve performance and load times

To enhance Google Maps 3D models and improve the performance and load times of your projects, you should do next

  1. Simplify geometry and use level-of-detail (LOD) models
  2. Optimize textures with compressed or lower-resolution versions
  3. Streamline asset loading for faster performance and improved user experience

Lighting and shadows play a crucial role

To improve lighting and shadows in 3D models for your project, you should consider the next tips:

  1. Consider light sources for realistic and immersive scenes.
  2. Use shadows effectively for added depth and realism.
  3. Optimize lighting calculations to enhance performance.

Combine 3D assets with an excellent render farm

To improve rendering efficiency by combining 3d assets with render farm such as Rebusfarm, remember we support all main 3D software to render. Please select your 3D software or renderer and you should consider the next three tips:

  1. Utilize a render farm for faster rendering of complex scenes or large-scale projects.
  2. Batch renders multiple 3D assets together to optimize the rendering process.
  3. Optimize rendering settings, adjusting parameters for image quality, anti-aliasing, and ray tracing to balance visual quality and rendering times.

Conclusion

Incorporating Google Maps 3D models can significantly enhance your 3D project. By leveraging simplified geometry, optimized textures, and streamlined asset loading, you can improve performance and user experience. 

Additionally, considering light sources and shadows and optimizing rendering settings can elevate the visual quality and realism of your project. With these enhancements, render farm abilities and Google Maps 3D models become valuable asset for creating immersive and visually impressive 3D experiences.

3D Artist of the Month June 2023: Nobrand Studio

Thursday, 01 June 2023 by Julian Karsunky

''Villa Escorial'

After 25 years of working in the CG industry, keeping the magic alive is no easy task. Our May 2023 3D Artist of the Month, Pedro Jesus Cabellero, has braved the passage of time and maintained his passion by consistently looking for new challenges. His latest business venture Nobrand Studio produces high quality archviz images and animations, such as the luxurious golf resort he submitted to our render farm.

In our interview Pedro recalls his professional journey from an old 8086 processor all the way to his current company and beyond.   

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Can I render online for free?

Monday, 29 May 2023 by Nicole Holt

Rendering is a crucial part of 3D modeling and animation. It brings a 3D model or scene to life by creating a 2D image or animation that looks realistic and polished. However, rendering can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, especially if you have limited local machine resources.

This article will explore the possibility of rendering online for free. We will discuss the benefits of using online rendering services and the different types of rendering. Additionally, we will examine the potential drawbacks and limitations of rendering online. We will also investigate whether it is possible to render online for free.

Introduction image Can I render online for free?

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RebusArt featuring ARCA 3D Studio

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 by Julian Karsunky

ARCA 3D Studio, 'Moraria Salir'

As much as we at the Rebus render farm enjoy shining the light on new faces in the 3D community, it is always a pleasure to reintroduce a familiar face. This month we reconnect with Brazilian architect and archviz artist Arthur Cavalcanti, who has kept busy with his company ARCA 3D Studio both domestically and internationally.

Continue reading to find out what Arthur and his team have been up to and get the insight on one of their latest projects.

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The Making of ''Cliff Valley'' by Matej Hosek

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 by Matej Hosek

The Making of 'Cliff Valley' by Matej Hosek

Let's explore an outstanding image in several moods and lighting scenarios. In this making-Of article, Matej Hosek from AsymmetricA, an architect who followed the architectural visualization field, drives us through his creative process when he works on personal projects. A general approach to image-making rather than “how to model this shape or which render settings to use”. Enjoy it!

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The Making of ''Cottage House'' by Nima Akbari

Thursday, 18 May 2023 by Nima Akbari

The Making of 'Cottage House' by Nima Akbari

Nima Akbari always tries to offer his clients the best possible results according to the timeframe he has and when it's kinda short, then lighting becomes crucial. A small, commercial, architectural visualization project with some personal touches. Enjoy the article!

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The Making of ''Modernist Villa'' by Radoslaw Kielak

Wednesday, 10 May 2023 by Radoslaw Kielak

The Making of 'Modernist Villa' by Radoslaw Kielak

The Modernist Villa is one of the most beautiful ArchViz projects we've recently seen. The amount of photorealism is enormous and the photographic approach is enjoyable. If you want to learn great tips about how you can achieve such an amazing result, visit the article and enjoy whatever Radosław Kielak generously offers. Enjoy!

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Best 3D Software to learn 3D

Thursday, 04 May 2023 by Nicole Holt

Introduction image with the world connected as background and the article title

3D modeling has become an essential component of various industries, including architecture, animation, and gaming. It enables designers, architects, and artists to create virtual models that can be visualized, analyzed, and modified before they are brought to life. As the demand for 3D modeling continues to grow, so grows the need for more artists that can learn and perfect their 3D skills.

Selecting the perfect software to master your 3D modeling skills is crucial when learning. That's why, in this article, we will dive into some of the most popular software options in the 3D industry and examine the advantages they offer as a tool for learning 3D modeling.

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The Making of ''Office Building'' by Roman Choudary

Wednesday, 03 May 2023 by Roman Choudary

The Making of 'Office Building' by Roman Choudary

When we first saw this project published on social media, our first reaction was very positive due to its lighting and color grading. Following a simple color correction workflow using Photoshop and some subtle additions in Lightroom Mobile, Rabia's Renderings team delivered a clean and super aesthetic image to its client. For more, you just need to read the article!

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3D Artist of the Month May 2023: Alina Shevelova

Monday, 01 May 2023 by Julian Karsunky

''Orange in the Dark'

A ray of hope can illuminate even pitch-black darkness. We at the Rebus renderfarm are therefore proud to shine the light on Alina Shevelova, our May 2023 3D Artist of the Month. To the Ukrainian interior designer, her work has become an important outlet in times of hardship. Always eager to explore new creative avenues, Alina has incorporated dark themes in her more recent designs, creating a series of interiors that dispel the lurking gloominess by expertly devised lighting.

In our interview, Alina talks about her latest designs, explains why she has never worked a day in her life, and recalls a formative hug.

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